Date

November 8th - November 13th, 2020

Location

Hilton West Palm Beach, FL

Speakers

10 Professional Speakers

2020 NaBITA Annual Conference/ West Palm Beach, FL

The Annual NaBITA Conference is the leading conference in the field of behavioral intervention, threat assessment, and case management for schools, campuses, and workplaces. Since our first Conference in 2009, we have provided a space for professionals to come together with colleagues and share resources while also learning from and engaging with experts in the field. Throughout the 3 pre-conference sessions, 2 conference keynotes, and over 30 featured and concurrent sessions, the NaBITA conference delivers the broadest range of topics and most comprehensive training for behavioral intervention teams and those committed to the safety of schools, campuses, and workplaces.

This year, NaBITA will be celebrating its 12th annual conference, to be held at the Hilton West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL*. Our Opening Keynote, Kristina Anderson, founded the The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond, and heal in the aftermath of school violence, after becoming one of the most critically injured survivors from the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy.

John-Michael Keyes and A.J DeAndrea will together deliver a plenary session for attendees on the final day of the conference. Keyes is one of the founders of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation, and father to Emily Keyes, who was killed in the 2006 Platte Canyon High School shooting. DeAndrea was one of the first officers inside Platte Canyon High School, as well as Columbine and the Youth with a Mission church shootings. They will come together to share their experiences and discuss the “Standard Response Protocol” and school safety measures.

We are excited and honored to have these speakers with us for this year’s NaBITA conference, and look forward to the energizing dialogue and substantive learning that will come as a result.

Whether your goal is to prevent violence, support individuals with disabilities, empower the success of those suffering from mental health challenges, conduct comprehensive threat assessments, or assist those in crisis, the 12th Annual NaBITA Conference  joins you in common purpose and exploration of best practices.

We hope to see you this November in West Palm Beach!

*Please note that we are following government and health organization recommendations to make a determination for the safety of our attendees and staff closer to the event date. The event will be offered virtually, if not live.

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Call for Proposals / due Friday, July 31st, 2020

The NaBITA Conference Committee is soliciting program proposals for its 12th Annual Conference, to be held November 9-11, 2020 in West Palm Beach, FL.

The Call for Programs closes on July 31, 2020.
Notifications of acceptance/rejection will go out electronically by August 14, 2020.

Please see below for session information:

Concurrent Sessions

  • Concurrent sessions are 75 minutes long
  • We are seeking concurrent sessions which present information in the following areas:
    • Innovative BIT/CARE Team, case management, or threat assessment practices or programs
    • Research related to BIT/CARE Teams, case management, or threat assessment
    • Assessment or interventions related to specialized populations
    • Threat, crisis, or violence prevention, assessment, or intervention best practices
    • Model mental health support or case management practices
    • K-12 BIT/CARE Team programs and practices
  • Selections will be based on the following criteria:
    • Relevance to the topics of behavioral intervention, mental health, violence prevention, threat assessment, model programs, and case management
    • Completeness, detail and professionalism of the proposal
    • Evidence‐based, promising and innovative model programs/practices are welcome
    • Engaging format, presenters and/or concepts
  • You are encouraged to submit multiple proposals
  • If your program is selected, the presentation abstract provided in the application will be included on the conference site and the printed conference program. Please make sure the abstract clearly conveys the objective, theme and style of the presentation.

All questions should be directed to the Conference Committee via email to conference@nabita.org or by phone at 484-321-3651.

Scholarships

In service to the field, NaBITA welcomes the submission of scholarship applications for the Annual Conference. These scholarships aim to assist our colleagues in their professional development and commitment to their chosen profession. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants based upon written responses to the application questions. A limited amount of scholarships will be awarded, and submission of the application does not mean a scholarship will be awarded.

The Scholarship application deadline for the 2020 Annual Conference is Friday, July 31, 2020. All applicants will be notified via email on Friday, August 14th.

Click here to submit your scholarship application today!

Event Schedule

Sunday, November 8th - Monday, November 9th 2020

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MERIT Active Shooter Training

This training session will focus on the importance of establishing “prevention-based” active shooter programs, concentrating on preventing the act of violence before it occurs. Past acts of violence in the K–12 environments and current strategies and policies will be reviewed to build a comprehensive active shooter program— providing techniques that will aid in reducing risk and anxiety or fear of individuals involved.

Participants will learn the importance of integrating behavioral interventions teams with threat assessment processes and best practices to consider during an active shooter incident. Participants will be provided with common emergency terminology used to ensure that “we are all on the same page” during a critical incident— both internally with staff and students and externally with first responders. Additionally, the presenter will discuss various approaches on student management during an event and how to communicate during a critical incident such as an active shooter event.

We will also discuss common legal “roadblocks” such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as to reporting students of concern and the sharing information.

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Advanced Violence Risk Assessment Training & Certification Course

Increasingly more campuses are looking to in-source the capacity to perform violence risk assessments by behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams. This course will review NaBITA’s various assessment tools, including the Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35), Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Word (VRAW2), and the Extremist Risk Intervention Scale (ERIS). Additionally, presenters will discuss strategies and tools to use when assessing social media threats.

Learn more.

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BIT Standards and Best Practices Training & Certification Course

This course provides instructors an opportunity to guide participants through the 20 NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams to ensure best practices for an effective team. Whether you are a new team just getting off the ground, or a seasoned team with a few years of experience under your belt, this course delivers an interactive and in-depth look at the standards of practice for team operating procedures and protocols based on survey data, research and literature in the fields of threat assessment, psychology and law enforcement.

Learn more.

Monday, November 9th - Thursday, November 12th 2020

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Welcome First Time NaBITA Attendees/New BIT Members

Welcome to the 2020 NaBITA Conference! Let us help you get your bearings at #NaBITA2020. This session will introduce any new attendees or members of new teams to the history of NaBITA & TNG, people to know, BIT basics, tools of the trade, and offer advice on how to get the most out of your first NaBITA Conference!

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Opening Keynote Session

Kristina Anderson founded the The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond and heal in the aftermath of school violence, after becoming one of the most critically injured survivors from the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy. Shot 3 times, Ms. Anderson returned to graduate from Virginia Tech with a degree in International Studies and Foreign Languages, and is now a resource to school administrators, teachers and students within higher education and K-12 regarding violence prevention initiatives and ways to increase individual personal safety awareness. The Koshka Foundation also partners with law enforcement agencies and first responders to provide educational presentations on surviving an active shooter from a survivor’s perspective, and best practices in incorporating lessons learned.

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Welcome Reception

All Conference Attendees Welcome

Partners, accompanying family, and travel companions are welcome to join us at the reception.

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Featured Session: Emergency Preparedness - A Case Study from the Mental Health, Legal, and Law Enforcement Perspective– Panel Discussion

Effectively responding to crises requires a coordinated, balanced effort relying on a multidisciplinary approach. This panel represents professionals across functional roles including, law enforcement, administration, legal risk, and counseling. The panelists will present a case study and discuss how school campus administrators and first responders can work collaboratively to respond holistically and effectively to large scale campus crises, including developing administrative procedures and systems, coordinating a tactical response, and ensuring emotional and psychological support.

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Featured Session: Standards of Practice for Case Management

This session will explore the standards for case management practices. Whether your school has case management as a position or you are practicing case management as a process, presenters will discuss strategies to enhance your efforts and ensure your programs and process are in line with national standards of practice. During this session, we will discuss various types of case management, including NaBITA’s recommendations and best practices. Additionally, participants will gain valuable insight to develop services that ensure students receive holistic, wrap-around services and support beyond the moment of crisis.

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Featured Session: Perfectly Imperfect – The Beautiful (and Messy) Journey of Personal Transformation

Jacques Whitfield shares an authentic look at the process of personal and professional transformation. As an accomplished subject matter expert in human resources management, EEO compliance and training and development, Whitfield candidly shares his personal journey of transformation using both humor and heartbreak as teaching tools to demonstrate that each of us is valuable and worthy of acknowledgment and celebration. Whitfield shares how he turned a “mess” into a “message” and that no matter how many times we fall down, there is growth, redemption and power in getting back up and keep moving forward! “There are magic and joy all around us…if we choose to find it!”

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Concurrent Session 1

Content forthcoming. Submit your program proposal today! Click here for more info.

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Concurrent Session 2

Content forthcoming. Submit your program proposal today! Click here for more info.

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Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable discussions will focus on topical areas, including:

  1. Case Management
  2. Threat Assessment
  3. Safety/Law Enforcement
  4. Leadership of the BIT
  5. Counseling
  6. Conduct
  7. K-12
  8. Residence Life

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Featured Session: The Art of Engagement: Using Motivational Interviewing During Challenging Student Conversations

Effective decision-making for BIT and Threat Management Teams depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the information gained from interviews with at-risk students. Even the most experienced professional can be challenged during these conversations since students often enter these interactions guarded, angry, hopeless and fearing for the worst. Motivational interviewing (MI) offers professionals a practical, common-sense style to engage students in difficult conversations through a caring, empathic and collaborative approach. This program will offer participants a brief overview of MI theory and principles, specific early interview MI engagement strategies, skills to respond more effectively to the reactive student, and ideas for structuring interviews that both elicit needed information, while also respecting the student’s readiness to move into more difficult topics.

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Featured Session: K-12 and the BIT

Join the faculty as they discuss behavioral intervention teams within the specific context of a K-12 environment. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of BIT functions including, membership, meetings, creating a culture of safety, and coordination resources for K-12 students exhibiting concerning or distressing behaviors. Based on vast research and past incidents, presenters will describe best practices and provide guidance on developing and strengthening BIT procedures at your school.

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Featured Session: Legal Issues and the BIT

Join the presenters as they walk you through an overview of legal pitfalls and challenges BITs to face as related to student conduct, ADA/OCR, free speech, threat assessment, parental involvement, FERPA, HIPAA, and state confidentiality laws.

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Featured Session: Supporting Students and Ensuring Safety During and After Behavioral Health Hospitalizations

Behavioral health hospitalizations due to suicidality, thoughts of harm to others, or inability to care for oneself, can be stressful and challenging both for the student experiencing the hospitalization and the school. Leveraging their legal and mental health backgrounds, presenters will discuss high impact strategies for supporting students and ensuring safety during and after a behavioral health hospitalization including, how to conduct risk assessments, how to facilitate a hospitalization, communication with the hospital during the student’s stay and during discharge, and transitioning the student to the best level of care post-hospitalization.

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Featured Session: Looking Glass

Over the past year, there has been a sharp increase in threatening email communications and social media posts. When combined with the recent rise in worry, stress, and frustration from students, faculty and staff with the COVID-19 crisis, there is a need for a straightforward process to triage these concerns. Looking Glass is an easy to learn expert system designed to assess online and written content. This approach to evaluating online communications, written narratives and social media posts is a must-have supplemental to your existing violence risk and threat assessment process. Based on research from their upcoming book by Taylor and Francis, An Educator’s Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing: Social Media, Email, and other Narrative, Jeff Solomon will share this effective and efficacious approach with you and discuss how to asses threat through the psychological, criminal, student conduct and legal perspectives. During the session, we will teach the scoring of the system and demonstrate through three new cases how to apply the measure.

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Featured Session: The Impacts of Unconscious Bias in Suspensions

How does unconscious bias factor into who is being suspended, expelled and referred for special education? This session will cover what unconscious bias is and how it factors into the disproportionate rates of discipline experienced by students of color. Our biases impact our everyday interactions and while unconscious, our biases have major implications for those on the margins. Attendees will learn the science behind unconscious biases as well as the mechanisms that reinforce or help create our biases. We will discover the different types of biases, discuss our own possible biases, and gain the skill set needed to address our biases to create a more just and fair educational experience for all students’.

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Plenary Session

John-Michael Keyes and A.J DeAndrea will together deliver a plenary session for attendees on the final day of the conference. Keyes is one of the founders of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation, and father to Emily Keyes, who was killed in the 2006 Platte Canyon High School shooting. DeAndrea was one of the first officers inside Platte Canyon High School, as well as Columbine and the Youth with a Mission church shootings. They will come together to share their experiences and discuss the “Standard Response Protocol” and school safety measures.

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Concurrent Session 3

Content forthcoming. Submit your program proposal today! Click here for more info.

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Plenary Session: Closing Q&A Panel

Join NaBITA’s experts in a panel discussion focused on the field of behavioral intervention, threat assessment, school safety and case management. This panel discussion is designed to be interactive and engaging as panelists respond to questions or challenging situations posed by attended. This is your chance to engage with experts and colleagues around best practices and the direction of our field and end this year’s annual conference as a community dedicated to the safety of our schools, campuses, and workplaces.

Thursday, November 12th - Friday, November 13th 2020

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Advanced Threat Management Training & Certification Course

Designed as a follow-up to Advanced Violence Risk Assessment, this course focuses on challenges often encountered following the assessment of violence risk. The presenter(s) have designed a highly interactive and case study-based course, drawing participants into discussions related to the legal, psychological, criminal and case management areas of practice related to managing on going risk.

From managing affective, emotionally driven violence to responding to potential targeted or predatory violence, the presenters will discuss the larger challenges related to the oversight and on-going supervision and treatment of those who remain at the institution with a significant risk profile.

Covering closed communities and marginalized populations, the presenter(s) will address the unique challenges and opportunities to build rapport and tie interventions to specific populations including: individuals with mental illness, those with addictions, marginalized communities, non-traditional students, LGBTQ+, those with suicidal or self-injurious behaviors, athletes, fraternity and sorority life members, and individuals struggling with anger and impulse control.

Special conditions will also be reviewed such as: working with suspended and expelled students, the use of private detectives and fusion centers, return to campus and the public relations issues when individuals show up at board meetings or talk to the press.

Learn more.

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Case Management and Intervention Training & Certification Course

You know how to use the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool and have a plan for addressing more serious threats that come to the attention of your BIT. You’ve conducted the assessment and met with the student of concern. What happens next?

This certification course will offer BIT members clear guidance and skills when it comes to intervening with an at-risk student and managing the student after the initial assessment and intervention. Intervention and case management in higher education have been a growing area within counseling centers, behavioral intervention teams, student conduct, and student affairs. This practical, hands-on, two-day training event will review best practices and address how to effectively work with at-risk students to assist in providing better access to services and resources and improve their academic standing.

Learn more.

Hotel Information / West Palm Beach, FL

Hilton West Palm Beach
600 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401
Phone: 561-231-6000

Check-in: 3pm
Check out: 11am

Self Parking – Free
Valet parking – $22.00/day

Rate: $201+/night
Hotel Deadline: October 9, 2020

NaBITA cannot make special arrangements or assist in capturing discounted room rates post room block sell- out. Any reservations made after the group block has closed will be accepted on space and room-type availability and at prevailing room rates.

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Become an Exhibitor and/or Sponsor!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase your brand in front leaders and decision-makers across multiple industries. These leaders hold a combined multi-billion dollar purchasing power. You will have the opportunity to engage and network at the event during breaks and at multiple receptions. After the event you will be provided with the full list of attendees to continue the conversation.

Click here for more information on our various exhibitor and sponsor opportunities!

Event Speakers

Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

President, NaBITA

Brian Van Brunt is a Partner in TNG, the President of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), and a past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA). He has...

David J. Denino, LPC, NCC

Director Emeritus of Counseling Services, Southern Connecticut State University

David J. Denino has worked in higher education and college counseling over the past several decades and is Director Emeritus of Counseling Services at Southern Connecticut State University. He served ...

Allison Frost

Associate Consultant, TNG

Allison Frost is an Associate with TNG. Allison is intimately familiar with the day-to-day challenges facing colleges, universities, and schools, given her decade of experience within the Office of th...

Tammy Hodo, Ph.D.

President, All Things Diverse LLC

Dr. Hodo is from Milwaukee, WI. She obtained her doctorate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Urban Studies with a minor in Sociology. She has served in a variety of college administ...

W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

Partner, TNG

W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a Partner with TNG, LLC. He is a co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA, the Association for Title IX Administrators and NaBITA, the National Behavioral Intervention Tea...

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S. Ed

Vice President of Case Management Initiatives and Executive Director, NaBITA

Makenzie Schiemann is the Vice President for Case Management Initiatives and Executive Director for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA). Makenzie started her professional ca...

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor

Robert Scholz, M.A., LMFT, LPCC, NCC is dually licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Robert has served ...

Saundra Schuster, J.D.

Partner, TNG

Saunie Schuster is a Partner with TNG, a national risk management legal consulting firm. Ms. Schuster is a recognized expert in preventive and civil rights law for education, notably in the fields of...

Jeff Solomon

Vice President of Safety Initiatives, TNG

A nationally recognized expert and consultant in school safety who has been in law enforcement for nearly three decades, Jeffrey Solomon currently serves as Vice President of Pre-K-12 and Safety Initi...

Jacques S. Whitfield, J.D.

Senior Consultant/Trainer/Presenter, CPS HR Consulting

Jacques has over 20 years of experience in human resources management, employment relations and legal compliance matters for both public sector and private sector employers. His public sector experien...

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Conference Registration

Early Bird: Register before September 7th
Conference Member Rate: $499
Conference Non-Member Rate: $599

Regular: Register after September 7th
Conference Member Rate: $599
Conference Non-Member Rate: $699

Training & Certification Course Registration

One-day Training Course
General Member Rate: $799
General Non-Member Rate: $899
K-12 Member Rate: $399
K-12 Non-Member Rate: $499

Two-day Certification Course
Member Rate: $1,299
Non- Member Rate: $1,399
K-12 Member Rate: $599
K-12 Non-Member Rate: $699

If you are interested in a multi-course discount or group pricing, please contact Megan Birster at 610-993-0229 x 1015 for information on group pricing before registering.

Hilton West Palm Beach
600 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401

All pre-conference, conference, and post-conference sessions will be held at the Hilton West Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach International Airport is the closest airport to the hotel. The distance from the hotel is 4 miles with a drive time of 8 minutes.

Self Parking – Free
Valet parking – $22.00/day

Attire is business casual. Please note that meeting room temperatures may vary and can be quite chilly. Layers are encouraged!

NaBITA will provide continental breakfast each morning, a mid-morning coffee/tea break, and an afternoon snack each day.

Lunch and dinner each evening will be paid by the participants. For further dining options, please click here.

Conference registration fee includes attendance for the 3 days of the conference, and all provided conference material by speakers. Continental breakfast, a mid-morning coffee/tea break, and an afternoon snack are all included. Lunch and dinner each evening, lodging and transportation costs will be paid by the participants.

Registration fees apply to all attendees, including Super Members and retainer clients. Registration fees reflect all types of pricing. No additional discounts are available.

Training & Certification Course registration fee includes attendance for one or two days of training, and extensive training materials. Continental breakfast, a mid-morning coffee/tea break, and an afternoon snack are all included. Lunch and dinner each evening, lodging and transportation costs will be paid by the participants. Registration fees apply to all attendees, including Super Members and retainer clients. Certification included. Registration fees reflect all types of pricing. No additional discounts are available.

 

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